The global COVID-19 situation continues to have an impact on how our industry operates. This page provides answers to questions that we anticipate our Centres, Assessors and External Quality Assurers will have, and is updated whenever new information is available.

Alongside these questions, we are also publishing weekly updates that feature additional key information. Please click the links below to view these posts.

April 27th: Updates on Functional Skills, Gateway Evidence, Break in Learning and Alternatives to Observations

May 4th: Updates on Healthcare, Retailer, Hospitality and Catering, Teaching Assistant, and Customer Service standards

May 11th: Updates on Teaching Assistant, Customer Service, and Hospitality standards

May 19th: Updates on ESFA Apprenticeship Certificates, Lockdown restrictions, Customer Service and Hospitality and Catering standards

May 26th: Functional Skills, ESFA Guidance, Frameworks and Hospitality Updates

June 8th: Alternative Assessment Methods, Hair Professional and Early Years Educator Updates

June 30th: New Standards, Team Leader/Supervisor and Hair Professional Updates

July 6th: Onsite Assessment and Hair Professional Standard Updates

Last Updated: 09.07.2020

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Is Training Qualifications UK (TQUK) still open for business?
Yes, it’s business as usual here at TQUK. In line with government rules, all of our staff are now working from home. Everyone has the same set-up at home as they did in the office, so we can continue to deliver our usual high level of service during this difficult time.

END-POINT ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

GENERAL QUESTIONS

What is Training Qualifications UK doing as part of the wider End-Point Assessment Organisation sector to manage and support assessment practice during the COVID-19 period?
We continue to work very closely with colleagues in the sector including other EPAOs, FAB, AELP, External Quality Assurance Providers and the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to monitor the situation closely, and seek to find practical solutions to enable assessments to continue to take place safely and in line with Government guidance. This has included us taking an active role in several IfATE Task Force meetings to propose alternative assessment methods to temporarily replace practical based Observation assessments as well as engaging with EPAO and Employer forums. We are committed to maintaining this level of interaction and engagement throughout this developing situation.

What happens if an Apprentice’s contract is due to expire before they have had chance to take their End-Point Assessment?
The ESFA guidance states that the Training Providers and/ or Employer are responsible for the extending of an Apprentice’s contract or finding them new employment within 12 weeks. In extenuating circumstances, the ESFA will provide practical support in securing alternative employment for Apprentices.

End-Point Assessment can still take place where an Apprentice is furloughed, as can training.

REMOTE VS ONSITE ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

What is Training Qualifications UK’s position on remote assessment?
We are strong advocates of remote assessment and for an ever-growing number of our Standards, the End-Point Assessment can be conducted completely remotely. Please see some standard specific questions below for details of where alternative assessment methods can now be applied.

What is Training Qualifications UK’s stance on on-site assessments during the COVID outbreak?
Our primary method of assessment remains as remote. However, we are where possible looking to support onsite/ face-to-face assessments to take place. To assist us with this, Training Providers are asked to complete our Onsite Assessment Declaration Form, which can be found under the General Support Materials section on VERVE EPA. Once completed, this should be emailed to epa@tquk.org where our team will review it.

How do I request an onsite/ face-to-face assessment?
Please complete the Onsite Assessment Declaration Form and submit to epa@tquk.org alongside the required Gateway evidence for each Apprentice, where onsite/ face-to-face assessment is requested.

My Apprentice has already progressed through Gateway and has opted to “Delay” one or more of the included assessment components. What do I need to do?
Please complete the required Onsite Assessment Declaration Form and submit to epa@tquk.org. Once this form has been received and reviewed, our Coordinators will then update the allocated EPA Assessor to confirm if the onsite assessment can now take place. Where we are able to support the Assessor, we will make direct contact to discuss any wider safety considerations and look to agree an assessment date.

GATEWAY QUESTIONS

Are we able to undertake the Gateway meeting remotely?
Yes, no problem at all! As we still require sign-off, we are able to accept electronic signatures where possible, scanned documents and email declarations, alongside the completed record form.

Is there any relaxation in relation to any of the mandatory qualification requirements to enable an Apprentice to progress through Gateway to undertake their End-Point Assessment?
Not at this time. IfATE have confirmed that in order for the apprenticeship programme to be complete and valid, all outlined mandatory qualifications including Functional Skills must have been successfully achieved in line with the individual assessment plan prior to an Apprentice commencing through Gateway to undertake End-Point Assessment. (Please see more detail under Functional Skills).

Where another Awarding Organisation is not able to print certificates can you accept other forms of evidence to enable an Apprentice to be submitted at Gateway?
Yes – there is no change from our usual practice here. We already have a range of approved evidence types we can accept, such as exam result slips etc. Please contact us directly to discuss this, as required.

Additionally, the ESFA have confirmed that whilst some Awarding Organisations are currently unable to issue certificates, Training Providers may temporarily use a confirmation email from the Awarding Organisation as evidence of achievement.

For authentication, the confirmation email must detail the below and be sent to epa@tquk.org and include the following information

  • Apprentice details
  • Certificate run number
  • Unique number

If it may not be possible for all included assessments to be completed should I still progress the Apprentice through Gateway?
Yes, wherever possible End-Point Assessment should operate on a business-as-usual basis and Apprentices should be progressed through Gateway. We are doing our best to enable as many assessments to still take place. A 12 week End-Point Assessment extension and/ or Break in Learning can be applied during the End-Point Assessment period, as required, to enable certain assessments to be postponed until it is safe for these assessments to take place. (Please see more detail under Break in Learning)

I have an Apprentice who is nearing Gateway, but they are now working from home. Are assessments still able to take place?
We are being as proactive as we can to support assessments to still take place. At present our primary method of assessment delivery is via remote options. Remote assessments brings the added benefit that it can be delivered from a diverse range of locations. Please see our Controlled Environment Guidance, to help verify requirements. We are at such time, in line with government guidelines, unable to conduct an on-site assessments.

What happens if my Apprentice progresses through Gateway but their workplace is closed due to the current health situation before all of their assessments are complete?
We continue to work quickly to allocate appropriate End-Point Assessors to Apprentices within 48 hours of them progressing through Gateway. As required, our Assessors can work with Apprentices and Employers to schedule assessments to support their timely completion.

Should an Apprentice be working from home or unable to attend their usual workplace, we will work with the Apprentice to complete assessments remotely, where possible, to support them in achieving their Apprenticeship.

BREAK IN LEARNING QUESTIONS

What is the maximum delay in learning allowed during the End-Point Assessment stage?
Apprentices that are ready for Gateway should be progressed through this stage. For Standards where the Assessment plan specifies a time limit by which End-Point Assessment must be completed post-Gateway, this may be extended by up to 12 weeks where their assessments are not fully able to take place as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Is an Apprentice allowed to have more than one break in learning during their End-Point Assessment?
Yes, to support individual circumstances several smaller breaks could be applied. However at present, for Standards where the Assessment Plan specifies a time limit by which End-Point Assessment must be completed post-Gateway, this can only be extended by up to 12 weeks.

How do I record breaks in learning?
All breaks in learning longer than four weeks pre-Gateway or during the End-Point Assessment period, must be recorded by the Training Provider on the ILR. We will internally record all pauses/ extensions to End-Point Assessment for an Apprentice and inform the relevant External Quality Assurance Provider. Please send all such requests through to epa@tquk.org

What happens where a 12 week extension will not be sufficient to enable a viable assessment opportunity for an Apprentice?
At present, we are following the given guidance that supports 12-week extensions, where the Assessment Plan specifies a time limit by which End-Point Assessment must be completed post-Gateway. Both IfATE and ESFA are monitoring the situation closely and will provide further guidance, as required. Where business operations are able to resume during this period, but workloads are still not sufficient to enable fair assessment opportunities, please discuss with us as we can seek to apply for individual extensions, as required. All such extensions will be reviewed on an individual basis by the relevant External Quality Assurance Providers.

What happens if an Apprentice completes one or more of their assessments but is then unable to complete the remaining one(s)?
We are working to support as many assessments to still take place as possible. Where it is not practicable or safe to complete an assessment we may need to pause and postpone assessments. In these instances, a break in learning may be required.

For Standards where the Assessment Plan specifies a time limit by which End-Point Assessment must be completed post-Gateway, this may be extended by up to 12 weeks.

FUNCTIONAL SKILLS QUESTIONS

My Apprentice is on a Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard which requires evidence of an “attempt” of Level 2 Functional Skills assessments before progressing through Gateway. Is there any relaxation of this during this period?
Yes! This requirement has been temporarily relaxed. This relaxation is applicable to all Apprentices who progress through Gateway before 31st July 2020.

Level 2 Apprentices still require a Level 1 Functional Skills in English and/or maths in order to complete the apprenticeship, and Apprentices undertaking a Level 3 or higher apprenticeship still need to hold or achieve an approved Level 2 Functional Skills English and maths qualification.

A record should be kept by providers if a Level 2 Apprentice did not take the Level 2 assessments during this time. There will be no requirement for those Apprentices who are passed through Gateway to go back and take the Level 2 Functional Skills test.

To assist you we have uploaded a document titled “”Functional Skills Level 2 Exemption Form”. This can be found under the General Support Materials tab on VERVE EPA. Training Providers are asked to read and use this form to upload in lieu of attempt of assessment evidence when submitting an Apprentice through Gateway.

All other Functional Skills evidence should be provided/ uploaded, as per usual requirements.

My Apprentice is on a Level 3 or above Apprenticeship Standard which requires evidence of Functional Skills at Level 2 attainment before progressing through Gateway. Is there any relaxation of this during this period?
Currently the requirement for all Apprentices to have evidence of them having attained a Level 2 Functional Skills or equivalent qualification remains. As per our usual practice, we are able to accept wider evidence forms outside of certifications, if your Awarding Organisation is currently unable to issue certificates.

ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

The standard my Apprentice is registered on includes a Multiple Choice Question Test. Can this be undertaken without a person being present to undertake invigilation?
Yes! Our Exam platform has built in software capabilities that enables remote invigilation to take place without a person needing to be present. Upon the Apprentice submitting their completed assessment electronically, our Assessment team can review and verify the invigilation remotely. Even better, this does not cause any delays to our fast results turnaround!

This method relies upon the use of a PC/Mac with webcam functionality and a secure, stable internet connection. The Assessment runs on a Google Chrome web browser. Apprentices will need Adobe Reader to access and edit the invigilation and summary documents. Chrome and Reader are both available as free downloads from the internet.

The standard my Apprentice is on includes a practical observation as part of the End-Point Assessment. Can this assessment still take place?
For many of the standards we are approved to deliver End-Point Assessment for, alternative remote-based assessment methods have been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education as a response to government guidance. These alternative methods are detailed below under ‘Standard Specific Questions’. They are all live and support materials are available under the specific standard’s section on VERVE EPA. Whilst our primary method of assessment remains as remote, we are where possible looking to support on-site/ face-to-face assessments to take place. Therefore for a period of time Apprentices will be able to choose the most suitable assessment method, where alternative assessments are available. To assist us with requests for onsite assessments, Training Providers are asked to complete our Onsite Assessment Declaration Form, which can be found under the General Support Materials section on VERVE EPA. Once completed, this should be emailed to epa@tquk.org for our team to review.

I have an Apprentice who is nearing Gateway. They are still active in their job role and remain working from their usual place of employment. Are assessments still able to take place?
Absolutely! Remote assessment remains our primary method of assessment and many of the Standards we are approved to deliver End-Point Assessment for can be delivered fully via remote assessment practices. As detailed in the above question, many standards now also have an alternative assessment method. These can support Apprentices in situations where either on-site practical observations cannot take place or it is more difficult for them to take place at present, even if the Apprentice is working in their usual place of work. Equally we are looking to support onsite assessments to take place as needed. To assist us with requests for onsite assessments, Training Providers are asked to complete our Onsite Assessment Declaration Form, which can be found under the General Support Materials section on VERVE EPA. Once completed, this should be emailed to epa@tquk.org for our team to review.

The assessment plan requires the Apprentice’s Employer to be present during their Professional Discussion or Interview assessment. However due to current workplace closure the Employer is not able to be present. Will this prevent the assessment taking place?
No. We will work with the Apprentice to progress with this assessment. Typically the role of the Employer is to be a silent observer, providing clarification for the End-Point Assessor, as required. As such, and due to the role not being involved with forming an assessment decision, we are able to mitigate this in order to support the Apprentice and give them the opportunity to complete the assessment as long as the Apprentice gives consent for this approach.

My Apprentice and their Employer have previously selected their assessment preferences as Face to Face. Is it possible to change these now to remote where it is not possible for onsite assessments to take place?
Absolutely yes! Whilst we are looking to support on-site / face-to-face assessments to take place, remote assessment remains our primary method of assessment. Please contact the EPA team at any point should you need to update your assessment preferences.

My Apprentice has progressed through Gateway. They have selected to undertake one of the approved alternative assessment methods, in place of a Practical Observation. If lockdown restrictions are lifted before this alternative assessment is carried out will they be required to revert back to undertake the assessment as an onsite Practical Observation?
At present there is no prescribed deadline for when the approved alternative assessments will end. It is likely that such alternatives will be phased out over a period of time in line with individual sector requirements. When such plans are confirmed by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, we will provide an update to all Training Providers, and as necessary Apprentices.

CERTIFICATION QUESTIONS

My Apprentice has completed their End-Point Assessment but their usual place of work is closed. What will happen to their apprenticeship certificate?
All apprenticeship certificates are issued by the ESFA directly to the Employer. Upon submitting the claim we use Employer details as provided to us within VERVE EPA. The ESFA have responded to the situation and have updated their system to allow us to offer a secondary/ alternative address for certificates to be issued to. In instances where a certificate is sent to an Employer but the place of work is closed these will be returned to the ESFA after two attempts. The ESFA will then work directly with EPAOs and Training Providers to discuss the best possible solutions on an individual basis. Should you need to update us with a more appropriate postal address for your Apprentice’s certificate please contact the EPA team.

STANDARD-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

HAIR PROFESSIONAL

Are you conducting assessments for Apprentices on the Hair Professional standard?
Yes. Following the updated government guidance permitting salons to reopen for trade from 4th July, we have, as we have throughout this period, met with the other relevant Hair Professional End-Point Assessment Organisations and have collectively agreed that we are now able to lift the “Delay” directive and resume onsite assessments, wherever it is safe and possible for us to do so. As per the above questions/ detail regarding onsite assessments, Training Providers are asked to complete and submit an Onsite Assessment Declaration Form, per Apprentice for our internal review. This decision to resume assessments is for both Hair and Barbering routes, with the caveat that for Barbering Apprentices, all model(s) used for the shaving aspect of the assessment must be from within the Apprentice’s own household/ bubble. Our Onsite Assessment Declaration Form (which can be found under the General Support Materials section on VERVE EPA) requires confirmation of this. Where this is not currently possible, then unfortunately at this time the assessment still needs to remain as “Delay” and we will provide an update on this when we are able to do so.

When will assessment bookings for this standard commence?
We will commence with assessor allocations from Tuesday 7th July 2020, with on-site assessments able to take place from Wednesday 15th July 2020. We have a number of Apprentices for this standard who have already been submitted through Gateway. Allocations will initially be made in date order of the Apprentice’s Gateway progression date. Whilst work has been taking place in the background to make “pencil allocations” throughout the lockdown period, we do ask for your patience as we complete this exercise. Equally, we appreciate that for some Apprentices, whilst they may have progressed through Gateway, they may want a period of time to re-familiarise themselves with salon life and working on clients, ahead of taking their End-Point Assessment. This is not a problem, our Assessors will make contact in the order of Gateway, however will be happy to discuss an assessment date that suits the individual Apprentices/ Salons needs.

If my Apprentice has already been submitted through Gateway for this standard, what do I now need to do?
Please complete the required Onsite Assessment Declaration Form and submit to epa@tquk.org. Our EPA Coordinators will allocate an appropriate EPA Assessor, however, our Assessors will not make contact with the Apprentice/ Employer until we have received the required Declaration Form. Once this form has been received and reviewed, our EPA Coordinators will then update the allocated EPA Assessor to confirm if the onsite assessment can now take place. Where we are able to support the Assessor, will make direct contact to discuss any wider safety considerations and look to agree an assessment date.

TEACHING ASSISTANT

This standard includes an Observation assessment, are you able to offer an alternative remote based assessment?
Yes! Following joint work from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, Ofqual, The Chair of the Trailblazer group and several End-Point Assessment Organisations an alternative assessment method has been approved.

Apprentices will now have the option to undertake a Reflective Statement with Question & Answer Session assessment in place of the Observation assessment. (Please see our Standard Specific document on VERVE EPA for more detail)

We are now operationally LIVE with the delivery of this alternative assessment method.

HEALTHCARE SUPPORT WORKER

This standard includes an Observation assessment, are you able to offer an alternative remote based assessment?
Yes! Following joint work from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, Ofqual, The Chair of the Trailblazer group and several End-Point Assessment Organisations an alternative assessment method has been approved.

Apprentices will now have the option to undertake a Reflective Statement with Question & Answer Session assessment in place of the Observation assessment. (Please see our Standard Specific document on VERVE EPA for more detail)

We are now operationally LIVE with the delivery of this alternative assessment method.

SENIOR HEALTHCARE SUPPORT WORKER

This standard includes an Observation assessment, are you able to offer an alternative remote based assessment?
Yes! Following joint work from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, Ofqual, The Chair of the Trailblazer group and several End-Point Assessment Organisations an alternative assessment method has been approved.

Apprentices will now have the option to undertake a Reflective Statement with Question & Answer Session assessment in place of the Observation assessment. (Please see our Standard Specific document on VERVE EPA for more detail)

We are now operationally LIVE with the delivery of this alternative assessment method.

HEALTHCARE ASSISTANT PRACTITIONER

This standard includes an Observation assessment, are you able to offer an alternative remote based assessment?
Yes! Following joint work from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, Ofqual, The Chair of the Trailblazer group and several End-Point Assessment Organisations an alternative assessment method has been approved.

Apprentices will now have the option to undertake a Reflective Statement with Question & Answer Session assessment in place of the Observation assessment. (Please see our Standard Specific document on VERVE EPA for more detail)

We are now operationally LIVE with the delivery of this alternative assessment method.

CUSTOMER SERVICE SPECIALIST

This standard includes an Observation assessment, are you able to offer an alternative remote based assessment?
Yes! Following joint work from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, Ofqual, The Chair of the Trailblazer group and several End-Point Assessment Organisations an alternative assessment method has been approved.

Apprentices will now have the option to undertake a Witness Testimony with Question & Answer Session assessment in place of the Observation assessment. (Please see our Standard Specific document on VERVE EPA for more detail)

We are now operationally LIVE with the delivery of this alternative assessment method.

CUSTOMER SERVICE PRACTITIONER

This standard includes an Observation assessment, are you able to offer an alternative remote based assessment?
Yes! Following joint work from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, Ofqual, The Chair of the Trailblazer group and several End-Point Assessment Organisations an alternative assessment method has been approved.

Apprentices will now have the option to undertake a Witness Testimony with Question & Answer Session assessment in place of the Observation assessment. (Please see our Standard Specific document on VERVE EPA for more detail)

We are now operationally LIVE with the delivery of this alternative assessment method.

RETAILER

This standard includes an Observation assessment. Are you able to offer an alternative remote based assessment?
Yes! Following joint work from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, the EQA Provider, The Chair of the Trailblazer group and several End-Point Assessment Organisations, an alternative assessment method has been approved.

Apprentices will now have the option to submit an On-Programme Evidence Portfolio accompanied by a Question & Answer Session assessment in place of the Observation assessment. (Please see our Standard Specific document on VERVE EPA for more detail)

We are now operationally LIVE with the delivery of this alternative assessment method.

HOSPITALITY TEAM MEMBER

This standard includes an Observation assessment, are you able to offer an alternative remote based assessment?
Yes! Following joint work from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, the EQA Provider, The Chair of the Trailblazer group and several End-Point Assessment Organisations an alternative assessment method has been approved.

Apprentices will now have the option to submit an On-Programme Evidence Portfolio accompanied by a Question & Answer Session assessment in place of the Observation assessment. (Please see our Standard Specific document on VERVE EPA for more detail)

We are now operationally LIVE with the delivery of this alternative assessment method.

HOSPITALITY SUPERVISOR

This standard includes an Observation assessment, are you able to offer an alternative remote based assessment?
Yes! Following joint work from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, the EQA Provider, The Chair of the Trailblazer group and several End-Point Assessment Organisations an alternative assessment method has been approved.

Apprentices will now have the option to submit an On-Programme Evidence Portfolio accompanied by a Question & Answer Session assessment in place of the Observation assessment. (Please see our Standard Specific document on VERVE EPA for more detail)

We are now operationally LIVE with the delivery of this alternative assessment method.

PRODUCTION CHEF

This standard includes an Observation assessment, are you able to offer an alternative remote based assessment?
Yes! Following joint work from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, the EQA Provider, The Chair of the Trailblazer group and several End-Point Assessment Organisations an alternative assessment method has been approved.

Apprentices will now have the option to submit an On-Programme Evidence Portfolio accompanied by a Question & Answer Session assessment in place of the Observation assessment. (Please see our Standard Specific document on VERVE EPA for more detail)

We are now operationally LIVE with the delivery of this alternative assessment method.

SENIOR PRODUCTION CHEF

This standard includes an Observation assessment, are you able to offer an alternative remote based assessment?
Yes! Following joint work from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, the EQA Provider, The Chair of the Trailblazer group and several End-Point Assessment Organisations an alternative assessment method has been approved.

Apprentices will now have the option to submit an On-Programme Evidence Portfolio accompanied by a Question & Answer Session assessment in place of the Observation assessment. (Please see our Standard Specific document on VERVE EPA for more detail)

We are now operationally LIVE with the delivery of this alternative assessment method.

CHEF DE PARTIE

This standard includes both an Practical Observation and Cuilanry Challenge Observation assessment, are you able to offer alternative remote based assessments?
Yes! Following joint work from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, the EQA Provider, The Chair of the Trailblazer group and several End-Point Assessment Organisations alternative assessment methods have been approved.

Practical Observation
Apprentices will now have the option to submit an On-Programme Evidence Portfolio accompanied by a Question & Answer Session assessment in place of the Observation assessment.

Culinary Challenge Observation
Apprentices will now have the option to submit On-Programme & MOCK EPA Evidence accompanied by a Question & Answer Session assessment in place of the Culinary Challenge assessment. Please note this may not be a viable option for all Apprentices and DELAY may still be required

(Please see our Standard Specific document on VERVE EPA for more detail)

We are now operationally LIVE with the delivery of this alternative assessment method.

COMMIS CHEF

This standard includes both an Practical Observation and Cuilanry Challenge Observation assessment, are you able to offer alternative remote based assessments?
Yes! Following joint work from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, the EQA Provider, The Chair of the Trailblazer group and several End-Point Assessment Organisations alternative assessment methods have been approved.

Practical Observation
Apprentices will now have the option to submit an On-Programme Evidence Portfolio accompanied by a Question & Answer Session assessment in place of the Observation assessment.

Culinary Challenge Observation
Apprentices will now have the option to submit On-Programme & MOCK EPA Evidence accompanied by a Question & Answer Session assessment in place of the Culinary Challenge assessment. Please note this may not be a viable option for all Apprentices and DELAY may still be required

(Please see our Standard Specific document on VERVE EPA for more detail)

We are now operationally LIVE with the delivery of this alternative assessment method.”

ASSESSOR/COACH

This standard includes an Observation assessment, are you able to offer an alternative remote based assessment?
Yes! Whilst a formal alternative assessment method has not been approved, there is some flexibility we can apply to support some assessments to still take place.

Where an Apprentice has adapted their own practice and is routinely conducting Assessing/ Coaching sessions virtually it is permissible for us to undertake the required Observation assessment via remote methods. Please note this may not be suited to all Apprentices and Training Providers should discuss this with us on an individual Apprentice basis.

LEARNING MENTOR

This standard includes an Observation assessment, are you able to offer an alternative remote based assessment?
Yes! Whilst a formal alternative assessment method has not been approved, there is some flexibility we can apply to support some assessments to still take place.

Where an Apprentice has adapted their own practice and is routinely conducting Mentoring sessions virtually it is permissible for us to undertake the required Observation assessment via remote methods. Please note this may not be suited to all Apprentices and Training Providers should discuss this with us on an individual Apprentice basis.

NURSING STANDARDS

What adjustments have been made for Registered Nurse (RN) Degree Apprentices and Nursing Associate (NA) Apprentices?
While we don’t offer those Standards, we feel it’s important to broadcast the flexibilities that the IfATE has made. The Institute has stated:

“With immediate effect and during the Covid-19 crisis any RN and NA apprentices who have:

  • Completed the Nursing and Midwifery Council approved programme
  • Been assessed by the NMC as having permanently met the requirements for Professional Registration
  • Have passed through the apprenticeship gateway

Will be regarded to have met the End Point Assessment (EPA) requirements and have achieved their apprenticeship.”

For more information, please visit the IfATE website.

What if my challenge is not listed on this list of Frequently Asked Questions?
Whilst we are doing our best to keep this list updated, we appreciate it will not cover all eventualities. Please email epa@tquk.org or call the office on 03333 583 344 so that we can provide you with tailored support to meet your needs. Our aim is to keep assessments running wherever possible!

If you would like to view the full FAQ with Awarding questions answered as well, please visit our Awarding website here.

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